Church of St. Paul the Apostle, New York City

Our parish was founded in 1858 by the new religious community of Roman Catholic priests, the Paulist Fathers under the leadership of Father Isaac Thomas Hecker, CSP, who is now Servant of God, the first step to Sainthood. Construction on our beautiful and historic church began in 1876 and completed in 1884.

Our Church is decorated by some of the greatest American religious artwork executed by artists such as Robert Reid, William Laurel Harris – and even, a rare copy of one of Michelangelo’s masterpieces. The ceiling is decorated with a star map of January 25, 1885, the date of the Church’s dedication and the Feast of the Conversion of Paul, our patron.

The building of our church continues today in the vibrant ministries and many community activities that are held here. Our Loaves & Fishes soup kitchens serves hundreds of people each week, our Winter Shelter provides meals and a warm place for people in need; our outreach ministry with Young Adult Catholics flourishes as does our outreach to Gay & Lesbian Catholics; and, our outreach to Arts & Artists hosts concerts, art exhibits, and visiting choirs. Many community organizations utilize our parish space for classes and meetings. We are the parish for students at Fordham University and The Julliard School.



As the Mother Church of the Paulist Fathers (www.paulist.org), the first order of religious priests founded in the United States. You are likely to see Paulists who give parish missions and retreats around the country. The Paulist National Young Adult Ministries is also based here with their wonderful website www.bustedhalo.org.

It's a wonderful parish with deep roots in New York City and in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. Welcome!

Please see our parish bulletin or subscribe to our E-Bulletin or log onto www.stpaultheapostle.org for information on all the programs and services. Information is updated weekly.
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  • Beautiful large church, which invites to visit. Beautifully lit and heated so you can see all the special art treasures. Striking was the magnificent depiction of the crusade, consisting of many wooden panels. The baptismal font is also very special.
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  • We were walking from the Museum of Natural History back to Penn station early evening. Having visited St Patricks Cathedral earlier in the day, I decided to have a quick look inside St. Paul. It has a...  more »
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  • It’s almost concert time! Come and hear Raymond Nagem at 7 pm! Just the best church in the world! Welcoming to all... and I mean ALL! The Paulists priests are an incredible group of dedicated men who share God’s word and His love in myriad wonderful ways.. The church is beautiful. The parishioners even more beautiful... Come to St Paul’s and you will find a home!
  • Stunning church! I'm so glad I came inside to see the beauty of the architecture and art, but even more glad that I got to attend noon Mass. The service was very nice.
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